The Global Systems Laboratory (GSL) is one of ten NOAA Research laboratories and is located in Boulder, Colorado. Our research improves environmental prediction models, develops state-of-the-science decision support tools and visualization systems, and uses high-performance computing technology to support a Weather-Ready Nation.
GSL strives to advance its workforce scientifically, technically, and professionally. We are also committed to increased diversity equity, inclusion and accessibility as well as a strong foundation for career growth.
The research we do improves weather data, forecasts, and computing techniques used by industry, decision-makers, and stakeholders.
Our work makes the nation's operations safer and more efficient, helps protect lives and property, and promotes economic prosperity.
GSL’s models and technology help emergency managers respond to weather threats quickly.
Our tools help the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reduce air traffic delays and increase safety.
GSL’s weather models enable the energy industry to plan for the variable nature of wind and solar energy.
Decision support systems and smoke models developed by GSL help with wildfire operations.
GSL has a history of successfully transitioning atmospheric research into advanced products and services for weather operations.Learn more about R2O
We are the leader in developing and evolving regional weather models. The Rapid Refresh, High-Resolution Rapid Refresh, and RAP Smoke are just a few.Learn more about our models
GSL is part of a major community effort to develop a coupled, comprehensive Earth modeling system.Read how GSL supports the UFS
Lead research and directed development through the transition of environmental data, models, products, tools, and services to support commerce, protect life and property, and promote a scientifically literate public.Organizational Excellence, Earth System Prediction, Advanced Technologies, and Decision Support are the foundation to achieving the GSL Grand Challenge: Deliver actionable global storm-scale prediction and environmental information through advanced technologies to serve society.